As a true lefty, I have never gotten used to right-hand bolts and semi-autos. At the age of 12, my dad bought me a Browning SA-22 that ejects downward. Then came a Remington 700 BDL-LH in 30.06. Tried several right-hand semi-auto shotguns, but after getting gas in the face, I switched to left-hand rifles/shotguns only. A left-hand Beretta A400(bird hunting) and a Fabarms XLR(Sporting Clays) handle my shotgun needs. For rifles, I have to make due with an AR-15(Stag Arms) in 223/5.56, a Tikka T3 Stainless Lite(223), Savage 110(257 Roberts from the Custom Shop), Tikka T3 Hunter(6.5x55 Swede), Tikka 595(7-0, Browning A-Bolt(30.06), Kimber 82(22 LR w/Custom Classic stock), Kimber 82(22 Hornet), and an Anschutz 1614(22 LR), all in left-hand actions. I do have a Remington 700 VSSF in 223 in right-hand, which makes it easy to catch brass and operate the bolt when shooting from the bench. I also enjoy shooting the lever actions in 41 Magnum, 30-30, and 35 Remington, even if they are not technically left-hand. To paraphrase an old Warsteiner beer commercial-“life is too short to shoot wrong-handed rifles.”
I'm really an odd-ball. I shoot long guns left handed and pistol/revolver right handed. I guess technically I'm a lefty because I prefer to eat with the left hand (but can switch) and I can only write with my left hand. Most sports I play right handed though. Golf, baseball, football, and basketball. I throw a ball right handed but I throw frisbee left handed, and was always "goofy footed" back in the day when I had a skateboard.
Wow...reading that...I'm a mess.
Anyway, I have various firearm actions that I've preferred. I have a LH Ruger M77-MKII in 30-06, a LH Savage 12FLVV varmint rifle in 22-250, a bunch of other RH bolts that I don't hunt with, just for shooting, I prefer a Lever Action over anything else, and I do enjoy my pump guns. I have the Mossberg 500 with a top tang safetly so no issue there, I have my grandpa's Ithaca 37R and a Remington 572 both that I replaced the trigger crossbolt safety to a LH throw. The only lever gun I have that is a problem is a Savage 1899 with the lever slide safety on the the right side....so I still shoot it...just not hunt with it.
The only stupid question...is the unasked one.
Be Alert....we need more lerts.
Not all who wander....are lost.
If more government is the answer, then it was a really stupid question. - Ronald Reagan
I only have one child who is a hunter. He knows he's going to get all of Dad's guns at some point (Mom and Dad are way too old for more children and at this point I don't see his brother or sister developing an interest in firearms/hunting). There's just two he's not all that excited about -- my lefthand Savage Model 110 bolt gun and my left-handed flintlock!